Description. The leaves of the raspberry plant have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. The use of this herb dates back to the sixth century and its benefits in childbirth have been recorded as a proven aid in maternity in the most ancient of herbal books. The leaves contain high concentrations of several vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C and vitamin E are present in large amounts as well as Vitamin A and some B Complex. Increased Vitamin A intake in the form of the carotenoids of red raspberry leaf can aid the women immune system as well as facilitate healthy skin and bone development for the baby. Vitamin E serves to promote better circulation in the mother who is dramatically increasing her blood volume during pregnancy. The Red raspberry leaf also contains many essential minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, and an easily assimilated form of calcium. Raspberry leaf tea also acts as an astringent on irritated skin. Uses. Raspberry leaf is also used for the following: to aid fertility, to promote a plentiful supply of breast milk, to help stop excess bleeding after birth, for diarrhea, to regulate irregular menstrual cycle and decreases heavy periods, to reduce fever and rpomote digestion. Raspberry leaf is thought to be beneficial for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. It is believed that raspberry leaf, if taken regularly through pregnancy and labour can: ease the symptoms of morning sickness, sooth and prevent bleeding gums which many pregnant women often experience. Raspberry Leaf Tea is employed as a gargle for sore mouth; canker of the throat and as a wash for wounds and ulcers. The leaves, combined with the powdered bark of Slippery Elm, make a good poultice for cleansing wounds, burns and scalds, removing proud flesh and promoting healing.
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